Polystichum munitum, the western swordfern, is an evergreen fern native to western North America, where it is one of the most abundant ferns.
Sword fern grows best in light to deep shade, but will grow in full sun if watered regularly in summer. Plant in well-drained, humus-rich soil, and water occasionally during dry periods; however, these ferns will tolerate poorer soil and dry conditions once established.
While still young, water the Western sword fern while it is actively growing each week it does not rain. After the first summer, the established plant only needs watering once every three weeks when it does not rain. In a good year without any prolonged periods of drought, this fern can survive on natural rainfall.
Ferns are fantastic for removing common airborne pollutants — including formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene — which have been thought to cause headaches, trouble breathing, and the growth of cancerous cells.
These plants are non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Swordfern in Hanging Basket
A Swordfern in a green 20cm plastic hanging basket.